Friday, December 31, 2010

Midnight Lace Bead Garland 6 Ft

6 Ft Of Beautiful hand forged bead chain...When I made this a Victorian Drawing room kept coming to mind....It looks fantastic draped around your chandelier...hung in a doorway, perhaps tossed casually on your mantel...The beads catch and reflect light....Delightful.
Hand Made by Leaping Frog Designs

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Whispers In Pink Vintage Style Czech Glass Bead Charm Bracelet

       Soft gold and mauve....... pretty Czech glass leaves. Sparkly....Perfect as a Valentines gift for that special someone...

Comes to you in a beautiful little gift box...

Ships from United States

ship to cost with another item

United States $3.00 USD $1.00 USD

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hand Carved Mother Of Pearl Antique Pins

          A few of my hand carved antique Mother of Pearl pins........
Over the years I have discovered that these beautiful and intricately carved pins have a long history that reaches back across time.  Many of them have  been carved in Bethlehem.  Where since the time of the crusades artisans have been carving mother of pearl for the tourist trade.  Yep...Even hundreds of years ago tourists bought souvenirs.  During WWll from what I have been told the 5 point star was somehow tied into women who's son's served in the military.  But that I have never seen in print.    If you you happen to come across a pin or pendant and you are unsure about it's age.  Flip it over and look at the clasp.  Made of brass or silver with a C clasp (that is just a piece of metal bent over in the shape of a C so the bar can hook into it)  A newer pin will have a modern clasp that has been glued on. The older ones have been drilled into the shell..And the pin will have an old patina.  You may also see the name Bethlehem stamped into the metal or carved the shell.   If you find one or have one of your own you know what a delightful treasure they are ...Glowing with a a life all there own.  I for one can't seem to stop collecting them and even though I have about 85 pieces I am always finding one that I just can't live without.  Thanks to Jill and Lauren my fellow Junkin Gypsies I discovered a real beauty yesterday...Sigh. My fingers are crossed it will still be in that antique store case next week.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Few Of My Favorite Things From Christmas

                                                                                   Christmas was pretty darn nice this year...A slightly smaller gathering than usual at my parents home.  Some
of the family is out of state, some out of country.  Maybe next year we can all
     come together again. that as it was.  It was wonderful being
     with my parents, sister, Aunts and Uncle..cousins..  The Picture above is of
     three things I recieved as gifts this year and I just had to share with you.
     The Book is from my parents...(really my dad) who is 79 and my original
     estate sale...garage sale...antique teacher.  He took me and my sister with
    him  We both learned very fast what we liked to c ollect.  This
    beautiful book published in 1958 is about African Sculpture.  It just
    happens to be a discard from the exact same Jr. High School my sister
    and I attended.  He did not even realize it when he found it at a sale.
    The gold filled bracelet is from my parents also.  Another garage sale
    find over the summer (my parents have such easy daughters...and they
   spoil us rotten often with their treasure finds)  I don't know what the
    stones are...but when I tried it on I just gasped.  My dad got the
   The beautiful intricate mother of pearl and sterling pin is from my
   husband...I had pointed it out to him earlier in the year....That man
   has great follow through.   Anyway...The best part of the last two days
     is the extra time spent with family...

                                            Two little houses sitting on Jodies plant shelf
                                       Another beautiful treasure on Jodies shelf
                                                                Glowing Light Ball

                                                    Vintage Resin Christmas Tree
                                                       With LED Light inside
                                          Beautiful Christmas Ornaments made
                                               By My Sister In Law Jodie

Friday, December 17, 2010

Freebie Ice Queen Flower Petal Paper Doll Vintage Lady

I found this wonderful
old paper doll at the most
fantastic estate sale almost 20 years
ago.  She is missing one petal.
But if you are handy with your computer
you can fix that in no time.
A fun freebie..I can see her as an angel,
or queen. Just fun!  Enjoy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Visits And Christmas Tree Decorating

We got a little bit of a late start getting our Christmas tree this year...but at last on Sunday we made it out to our favorite tree lot and cut our petite Noble Fir.  My hubby with a small bit of prodding had it up in no time...and (I laugh at this) after I started putting the lights on myself got into the spirit and finished them for me...This is our ritual every year...and after 23 Christmas's together it never changes.  My lights are on...crystal garlands strung and the vintage and antique ornaments are just starting to go on. 

My Sister-in-law Jodie has a divine collection of Christmas trees.  She starts bringing them out right after Thanksgiving.  Every nook and cranny is Christmasized.  Tiny lights twinkle...mercury glass glows.  Tinsel trees, feather trees, large trees, small trees,  glass trees, paper trees....(Oh..and shoe trees)   It is a wonderland.  These pictures are just a few...I am hoping to take more pictures on our next visit soon (I am also so very  lucky we live pretty close together)

Tomorrow is baking husband is home on I am going to put him to work as a baking elf.....Sweet dreams everyone

Friday, December 10, 2010

Freebie Christmas Images German Village Christmas Tree Buying Vintage

My goodness it has been a busy week...I almost forgot to post some freebies.  This is from a beautiful vintage paper serving dish from Germany.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Beautiful Antique Sterling Napkin Ring I Just Listed On Etsy l909

Beautiful antique sterling napkin ring featuring Pinky and Blue Boy. Engraved 1909 and has the initials ELW I may be better at reading the script.

Inside are the hallmarks. It is English I believe and it weighs 37.5 grams. A fantastic and rare find, it is over 100 years old and has some wear...I think it could use a good buffing here and there.
Thanks so much

Monday, December 6, 2010

My First Paper Fan Flower Rosette

It is hard for me to believe but I have never made a paper fan flower, or rosette, or what ever these beautiful ornaments are called.  I have tried.  Oh!  I have tried, but never quite got the hang of it.  Jill put me in touch with a blog she has been following Artful Afirmations.  Terri has  made a fantastic video on how to make these.  Thank you Terri!!  Such a simple looking ornament.  But it really does have to be folded right....Now my next task it to line up my papers better.  This first ornament was made with vintage violin music, a hand cut chipboard disk (oh I need a 2 1/2 inch punch)  and a punch out from a vintage postcard.  I am not sure how I am going to use this first may just get a string and be added to the tree.  On to a garland for the mantel!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Freebie Hi! It's Christmas Vintage Christmas Card

Freebies Christmas Clock Free Image

I Am So Excited About My New Blog Background And Header

Oh look at the beautiful header Jill is working on for me...I think this is just the start.  Our families got together today to watch our University of Oregon Ducks stomp Oregon State Beavers in our civil war game and about 3/4 of the way thru she and I drifted to the computer...A month ago or more she said it was time to give everthing a fresh look...silly me I said...nooooo.  Lets wait till after the first of the year.  Well....she  changed my mind.  I just adore the way it is shaping up....hmmm  I think I am going to make her a special little treasure box...maybe she will share with you what was inside.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vintage Capri Blue Glass Drop Bead Dangle

Oooo these are sooo pretty. Beautiful capri blue (like the sea on a perfect day) set in a pretty gold setting. Accented with a sparkly red rhinestone. Just perfect.

Price is for one charm...I have 4 charms available

Thanks so much

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lady Victoria Has A Secret Vintage Style Charms

Lady Victoria keeps secrets. A tiny key hangs from her charm lariet...Her husband never even notices...A small chest..hidden deep in her closet. When the wind blows cold from the north...She sits by her fire and dreams.
Three beautiful charms..A gemmy amethyst, a tiny key (what secrets does it keep) sparkling crystals...perhaps from a favorite dress...a night to remember.
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